Litrisha sat on her bed, her eyes bloodshot. She had stayed up all night with nervous thoughts running through her head. They were thoughts like, Will I make any friends? Will the teachers be nice? Is it a hard school? Those thoughts were still running through her head as she growled and got out of bed. Litrisha walked slowly out of her room, her mood dark. She trudged down the stairs and into the kitchen. Her mom smiled at her. Breakfast was already on the table and the smell of pancakes and bacon lifted her mood.
When she sat down in a seat her mom asked her, "Are you nervous sweetie?"
Her mother walked to the chair and put her hands on her daughter's shoulders. "Don't worry. I had to switch schools a lot when I was your age. You'll adjust."
Litrisha tried to believe her mother's words, but all she could think about was that she would never adjust. She looked down at her lap and another wave of nervousness washed over her. Her mom patted her on the back and said, "Eat your breakfast, you don't want to go to school on an empty stomach."
Litrisha groaned, she didn't want to go to school. Her mother laughed and walked upstairs to wake up Litrisha's little sister, Kila. Litrisha thought, this isn't going to end well. My little sister hates getting up early. Litrisha's mom came down with Kila draped over her shoulder. Kila was tense, her arms crossed.
"Kila," her mother said. "It is the first day of school."
Kila screamed with excitement as she tried to get out of her mother's grasp.
"Let me go mommy!" She yelled.
Her mother smiled and set her down and Kila ran to the table to gobble down her breakfast. Litrisha smiled and thought, Kila's so lucky. She isn't shy at all. She loves meeting new people.
Kila asked Litrisha excitedly, "Aren't you excided about going to a new school Litrisha?"
"No, all I've felt about it is nervousness," Litrisha answered her, "didn't you forget that I'm really shy?" She already knew what her sister's answer was going to be, she said it every time she asked her.
"Yes," she replied, calm now.
"Do you want to have a staring contest?" Litrisha asked.
"Yah," Kila replied happily.
They stared into each other's eyes. After a few seconds Litrisha could feel her eyes getting dry. Kila could feel hers getting dry too.
Litrisha blinked her eyes when her mother said loudly, "Ok girls! Time to go to school."
Litrisha's and Kila's mother came and pulled them out of their seats and handed them their backpacks.
While the three of them were getting in the car, Kila said to Litrisha happily, "You blinked when mom called us! I win!"
Litrisha replied to her, her voice quiet and playful, "But I am going to get you…. We will have a rematch after school…
Kila giggled and so did their mother. Litrisha spent the entire car ride staring out of the window, nervous thoughts running through her head. Kila did the same, but she had a smile on her face and was thinking happy thoughts of making more friends.
Litrisha's and Kila's mother dropped Kila off at the elementary school first. When Kila got out of the car she walked into the school with the same smile she had before. Litrisha had fallen asleep during the drive there.
Litrisha's mother said softly, "Litrisha, wake up. We're almost at the high school."
Litrisha woke up, drowsy. She said, "Wh..at…? What's going on?"
"Were almost at the high school," her mother answered, "get your stuff ready."
Litrisha nodded and pulled her backpack onto the seat. The school was coming into view. It was made of lightly colored bricks, some colored with purple, black, or silver. There was a sign next to the entrance. It said, Welcome to Newtown High. As her mother dived in Litrisha saw the many students walking around the grounds to find their friends. A shot of nervousness went though her, but she ignored it thinking, you are going to be nervous all day. At least try to ignore it.
Litrisha's mother said, "You are going to be fine. Don't worry."
Litrisha nodded and slung her backpack over her shoulder. She waved goodbye to her mother, opened the car door, and climbed out of the car.